Scott and fellow GOP governors trade campaign rancor for holiday cheer in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The world of Washington politics was 2,300 miles away at the 2018 Republican Governors Association conference this week in Scottsdale, Arizona, and that suited Gov. Phil Scott just fine. The event served as an opportunity for victorious Republican governors to cleanse themselves of the mud they’d slung at Democratic opponents in the midterms, and for the RGA, which is more than happy to do the dirty work through PACs supporting the candidates, to do the same. The animosity

Light Rail or Street Repair? Phoenix Transportation Needs Hit Funding Reality

Walter Gray is straddling a divide, and it's a divide that looks an awful lot like a pothole. The self-described community activist from west Phoenix wants better, smoother streets — Council District 7, where he lives, will within five years have 91 miles of major roads that the city considers unworthy of a "good" rating, according to the Street Transportation department. This could mean anything from roads that are a little weathered to stretches of pavement pockmarked by potholes. He also wa

Fear and hope on Dallas' 10th Street, one of the nation's last freedmen's towns

Two homes, minimal lot space in between, sit side by side on Cliff Street where Church intersects. At first they seem no different from the other faded, vacant or neglected craftsman-style properties in the 10th Street neighborhood, a historic district south of the Trinity River founded by freed slaves after the Civil War. The first house, 218 Cliff, is boarded up, vacant, derelict, with "No Trespassing" spray-painted on the front. It's the kind of decades-old home that gets torn down here, ha

What does a $500 million Google data center mean for D-FW's 'Southern Star'?

Reducing dependence on one type of business future-proofs the city and creates job-training opportunities for its workers so they can find employment even after the building boom that's driving much of Midlothian's industrial activity dies down. Diversification is important because the city doesn't look much like it used to and will look different still another few years down the road. From a rail town in the 19th century to an industrial town in the '60s, Midlothian was historically small and

Is D-FW's next great community sprouting from the plains outside Fort Worth?

It looked like the setup to a joke, or a scene from an alternate-reality spaghetti western. Two guys, brows shining and skin pasty under the midday sun, stood on a patch of dirt and weeds. They wore tailored slacks and dress shirts with sleeves rolled above the elbow; it's the look that bright-eyed junior members of Congress don when meeting constituents in campaign ads, the look that suggests: "There's work to be done, and we're the ones who're gonna do it." Behind them stretched out the big

In 2011, Dallas had 375 houses for sale under $50,000. What about now?

The house at 810 Millard St. in Oak Cliff is for sale. And potential buyers better act fast — Dallas is in a housing crunch, and this property is in an up-and-coming neighborhood. The online listing very urgently declares: "MULTIPLE OFFERS RECEIVED." The median price for pre-owned Dallas homes is above $260,000. This house is listed for $20,000. Now, it may not have any appliances, or heating and cooling, but it has four walls, a roof and municipal water hookups. At 606 square feet, with ramsh

How Belmont Hotel developer turned warehouse full of dead raccoons into a south Oak Cliff anchor

For decades, the warehouse on Polk Street south of the Tyler/Vernon DART station in Oak Cliff was the home of the Dixie Wax Paper Company. They made, unsurprisingly, wax paper — the very same wax paper that lines Dixie Cups. The company, later known as Dixico, had operated in the Elmwood neighborhood since the 1920s. In the 1980s, according to Dallas Morning News clippings from the time, the firm sought permission to burn hazardous waste in the factory but was beaten back by outcry from local r

'It's like buying penny stocks': D-FW cryptocurrency miners go prospecting for digital gold

On the evening of May 29, the power was out in the two front rooms of Stanley Edgar's Rockwall home, where he lives with his 32-year-old son Brandon, Brandon's girlfriend and the couple's children. Brandon's girlfriend had plugged in a vacuum cleaner, overloading the circuit breaker. This wouldn't happen in most houses. But the Edgar house is different. It soaks up nearly four times the electricity consumed by a typical Texas home. Most of that goes into heavy-duty computing hardware that the

100,000 flock to D-FW mega events like Harvest America, praising God and spending millions

Summer is peak season for large religious events, as it's a time when hotels "have more latitude in the rates and the concessions they can offer," said Kevin Owens, who holds the SBC account for Visit Dallas. Faith groups fit in "niche moments" in hotel and convention corporate cycles when big businesses aren't booking rooms, and they maintain cash flow in what would otherwise be a quiet month, said Harry Schmidt, the president and CEO of the Religious Conference Management Association,.

Colorado lawmakers propose using blockchain technology to protect state data

A bipartisan bill before Colorado lawmakers encourages state agencies to research uses for blockchain technology to potentially reduce costs by eliminating redundancies and preventing fraud. The bill’s advocates and the state’s blockchain community said it has a greater message: Colorado can be a powerhouse for the burgeoning technology, and the public sector is integral in making that happen. Sponsored in the senate by Sens. Kent Lambert, R-Colorado Springs, and Angela Williams, D-Denver, Sen

Business Story Ideas in the 2018 Federal Budget Proposal

The Office of Management and Budget released President Donald Trump’s full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 Tuesday morning. It fleshed out ideas and priorities mentioned in the so-called “skinny budget” put forth in March and added tinder to the flames of business journalism for weeks to come. The contents of the budget won’t come as much of a surprise for even the greenest business reporter: As expected, the president called for significant cuts to non-defense discretionary spending, enti

Community activist hopes to ride dark horse to Senate win as Democrat | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – All the things that analysts say present a political challenge for Deedra Abboud – her lack of political experience and party ties, her Muslim faith and liberal activism – are the things she embraces in her race for Senate. Abboud, a 45-year-old Phoenix lawyer and community activist, became the first Democrat to throw her hat in the ring for the 2018 race for Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s seat, announcing her candidacy April 10 – shortly after the longtime independent registered wit

Trans-Pacific trade debate makes for unusual allies, antagonists | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Ray Zuckerman felt some relief when President Donald Trump signed an executive order to withdraw the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership – and some reservations. Relief because he felt the multination trade pact was rushed through with little oversight, but reservations because Zuckerman, a Phoenix business owner who does a brisk international trade, worries that losing the deal could harm free trade. “The principle of free trade is good,” said Zuckerman, CEO of Phoen

Flake likely to face challenges from all sides, vows to be ready | Cronkite News

WASHINGTON – Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, begins the 2018 election cycle with $580,000 in the bank, a history of disagreeing with President Donald Trump – and a target on his back. With almost two years until midterm elections, experts say Flake can expect serious opposition in his re-election bid from Republican and Democratic challengers alike. Despite the president’s lukewarm performance in approval polls, he is still relatively popular with Arizona Republicans, which could make for a diffic

Abdul Chaara of Couscous Express in Phoenix on Travel, Moroccan Food, and Classical Music

Couscous Express owner Abdul Chaara closes his restaurant early by most restaurant standards. At 6 p.m. every Monday through Saturday, Chaara's supposed to make the day's last round of date shakes, say goodbye to remaining guests, and begin the process of closing shop. Why so early? Because after a long day as the restaurant's cook, waiter, and host, Chaara is tired. "I only have about five years of hard labor left in me before I burn out," he says. But if he's as committed to retiring — or a

3 Central Phoenix Taco Trucks You've Probably Never Tried — But Should

Donald Trump supporter Marco Gutierrez  may be terrified of the idea of having "taco trucks on every corner," but around these parts, we happen to be big fans of low-price, high-quality food. In case you missed it, Gutierrez, the founder of the group Latinos for Trump, recently warned that the prevalence of Hispanic culture might lead to taco trucks, like, everywhere — to which we say, "Yes, please!" And while we've already shared some of our favorite brick-and-mortar spots for a cheap taco fix

Caveman Burgers Brings Arizona-Raised Beef and Fried Duck Eggs to North Phoenix

The aptly named Caveman Burgers opened recently on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Bell Road. The heart of the restaurant is its attention to the origin — and chemical makeup — of its ingredients, according to owner Jeff Bobby. This means ingredients are produced without additives and anything that can be locally sourced, is — hence the name and reference to the paleo diet. "It started with a love of burgers," Bobby says. "Then I started thinking about how we could be different. Then
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